Bathrooms And Tiling: What’s Hot And On-Trend

Is your existing bathroom looking a little sad and jaded? Perhaps it simply looks a little too dated for your contemporary tastes?

If that is the case, then you have a couple of options open to you: you can either replace your old, dated bathroom fittings with a new modern attractive suite, or, if funds are limited, you can simply retile your bathroom and give the room a fresh makeover. Whatever option you choose, Simply Tiles and Bathrooms can help you. We guarantee that whichever road you go down you’ll be delighted with the results.

But what sort of look would you like: traditional or classic, or modern and sophisticated?

The choice at the end of the day is yours – and yours alone. Never the less, we know that sometimes it’s helpful to receive advice, and we’re more than happy to supply that. So here are our top tips for what’s on- trend for bathroom design this year. We hope you find it helpful.

What’s hot in bathroom design this year?

Dark wood-effect bathroom tile flooring.

This year dark wood-effect tiling is bang on trend for both bathrooms and kitchens. Wood-effect porcelain tiles can give a room all the beauty of wood, but with the added practicality of ceramic. Large rectangular wood-effect tiles are the most popular look at the moment. But for an ultra-stylish and modern look think about using the same tiles on the wall too, to give a chic wood cladding look to your room.

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Geometric patterns.

Geometric tiles are in this year, particularly fashionable geometric tiles that have a hint of retro about them. If you want a really stylish look, then mix and match, by combining new geometric patterns with some old school elements and traditional accessories.

Curved edges.

Don’t be square: this year is the year of the curve. The latest look is all about rounded corners and curves, whether that baths and basins or mirrors and accessories. Curved bathroom cabinets don’t only just look ultra-stylish; they’re practical too and free up more precious floor space.

Utilitarian simplicity.

One of the latest trends harks back to the 1930s. Everything was simple then, wasn’t it? Well, we’re not so sure about that, but the robust, utilitarian style definitely looks great and chic. If you want that modern-take on 30s styling, look for bathroom fittings that have minimal detailing or have built-in ridged splash backs.

Frameless showers.

If you want to make your small bathroom look bigger, then go for the frameless look. Frameless showers have no visible edges and can make a room feel more airy and spacious, particularly if you keep the walls and floor plain and make maximum use of the available light. If the look is a little stark and cold for you, you can always add splashes of colour with towels and accessories.

Coastal shabby chic.

The shabby chic look never seems to go out of fashion. This year’s trend is all about the beach hut look, with tongue and grove wooden wall cladding and rubbed paintwork. Complete the seaside look with striped bathmats and wicker accessories.

Vibrant colour.

Bathrooms are no longer just clinical places where we go to wash; they’re now places we choose to relax in. Many people see bathrooms as just as important as living rooms because they’re also places in which we can relax and unwind. If you’re happy using vibrant colour in your living room, then it follows logically that you should use the same sort if colours in the bathroom too.

Monochrome glamour.

If you want to create a really stylish and stunning look, the go monochrome. A stark black and white colour scheme can look amazing. It’s simple and elegant, but striking none the less. You can always soften the edges with mirrors and shutters if you find the look a little too clinical.

Open-plan bedroom/bathrooms.

Who says the bathroom should always be the smallest room in the house? Our lives have evolved. We now want the king of look that you find in chic boutique hotels – the decadent, luxurious look. Who says the bath can’t be in the bedroom? Why not knock down the wall separating your bedroom for the bathroom, so that the bathtub’s in the bedroom. If you’re shy you can always add a room divider or folding screen.


It’ maybe an expensive option if you plump for the real McCoy, but marble is definitely stylish. This year’s hottest trend is for 80s-style wall-to-wall marble glamour, covering everything from floors to walls and even bath panels. This kind of look is particularly good for smaller rooms as the uniform, seamless look can make the available space appear much larger.

While some homeowners are blessed with all the space in the world, most are sadly anything but.

As bathrooms tend to be the rooms of the home the least time is spent in, they also have a tendency to be the smallest. Sadly, feeling like you have to breathe in and hold your breath just to fit through the bathroom door in the first place is a sure-fire recipe you’ll more lament than love.

Bathroom design can often be the selling point of a property.

But here’s the thing – there are so many ways and means by which even the tiniest of bathrooms can be made to look and feel so much bigger, which doesn’t necessarily demand any serious building work.

Try any combination of the following bathroom design tips and you’re guaranteed a final result that’s roomier-feeling than you could have imagined possible:

1 – Corner Sinks.

They used to be pretty pricey commodities, but these days aren’t anything of the sort. Standard sinks can really get in the way and have a habit of dominating bathrooms – pedestal sinks can also be very inconvenient. The amount of space a simple corner sink can free up however is incredible.

2 – Shower Doors.

Consider investing in a shower door that opens with a concertina effect, or perhaps an old-school (though high quality) shower curtain. The reason being that if you have an otherwise wonderful shower door that has to swing open outwards, it can make the bathroom all the more cramped and limited.

3 – Floating Vanities.

Should it be possible, consider the installation of a wall-mounted or ‘floating’ vanity, which not only adds a much roomier feel to the bathroom but also frees up a good deal of space underneath for storage.

4 – Rounded Corners.

There are some bathroom design tips that come down to personal preference, but it’s a little-known fact that if you opt for rounded corners, things immediately look bigger. So consider rounding off the corners of the vanity and any other furniture in the room for a noticeable difference.

5 – Walk-in Shower.

When you install a walk-in shower, the only additional space taken up is that of the door or screen. By contrast, a ready-made shower cubicle may represent an attractive and convenient choice, but will naturally eat into the bathroom’s available space.

6 – Pick Your Patterns.

If planning to use decorative prints on you walls, floors or anywhere else, go for a pattern where the detailing is large. If, for example, a single square metre features three large stripes rather than 50 smaller stripes, the room will immediately look and feel considerably roomier.

7 – Mirror, Mirror On the Wall.

One of the oldest and most effective tricks in the book is to extend the bathroom’s mirror horizontally so that it covers more of the wall than just the area needed over the vanity. Mirrors are just brilliant for making rooms in general feel roomier.

8 – Don’t Forget the Back of the Door.

And finally, never forget that you have yourself a ton of space that often goes to waste on the back of the bathroom door itself. From over-door hanging storage units to shelves to simple towel rails, there’s a lot you can do with the couple of square metres, so put it to good use.

Here’s a common home remodelling question – what happens to property values if you rip out the bath entirely and go with a shower cubicle instead?

It’s all well and good if you have loads of room for both, but what about those who genuinely have to make do with one or the other?

There is of course no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to go when it comes to personal preference – some love the convenience of a shower while for others the bath is the only way to go. But for those that may be considering selling off the property at a later date, it’s important to consider which of the options makes more sense from a financial standpoint.

The Value Of The Bathroom.

In terms of the bathroom’s overall impact on property value, it can indeed be huge. Hit the nail on the head and this room alone can add huge value to the property as a whole – get it wrong however and you may find selling the property nigh-on impossible. But given the fact that everyone’s opinions and preferences differ, how can you know what constitutes the right decision in the bath vs shower scenario?

Consider The Buyer.

The most important and arguably most obvious thing to consider is exactly who you are likely to sell the property to in the future. If, for example, the home in question is a one-bedroom apartment with limited space on an upper floor of a block, chances are it will not be of interest to families or older buyers. As such, it probably will not make any difference to the property’s value in a negative way were you to remove the bath entirely in favour of a shower cubicle. First-time buyers and younger couples are generally quite taken with ultra-modern and efficient bathrooms, so you could even do the property a favour.

However, if the property is large enough to house a family and is in a location/position to appeal to seniors, to remove the bath entirely may immediately rule out certain corners of the buying market. For some, a bath really can be a deal-breaker and even though they can always go about installing a bath manually, they won’t be nearly as keen to take the property off your hands in the first place.

For thousands of homeowners across the UK, the New Year always represents the perfect time to take a good look at their rather dated bathroomsand plan for something all the more exciting over the year ahead.

Bathroom remodelling can be great, but in order to choose a theme that’s not quickly outdated it’s important to balance current trends with genuine timelessness.

A difficult act to pull off?

It certainly can be, but with a few expert pointers and an advance word or two on the most important upcoming trends, you’ll certainly be heading in the right direction.

So with this in mind, what’s already being singled out in terms of the hottest bathroom design trends this year?

1 – Larger Shower Cubicles.

These days, the popularity of showering is rapidly overtaking that of taking baths in most family households. As such, the shower itself is becoming more of a primary focal point for any bathroom and is therefore among this year’s most important design considerations. In this instance, bigger is indeed better as leading bathroom remodeling experts are advising clients to consider much larger, roomier and ideally walk-in showers with no step or boundary. The additional benefit of these fantastically fashionable fittings is their ease of access for those with limited mobility.

2 – Bye, Bye Bathtub.

While it may seem like an extreme measure, getting rid of the bathtub altogether is fast becoming the ‘done thing’ for any household without acres of room to spare and money to burn. Modern life is quickly accelerating the importance of fast, easy, convenient, cheap and environmentally friendly bathroom habits – all of which can be bolstered by getting rid of the bathtub and favouring the shower exclusively.

3 – Free-Standing Baths.

If however, a bath is deemed essential… there is after all little quite as relaxing as a warm bath, this year is going to be the year when free-standing baths take over. Why is this? Well, aside from the fact that they look incredible, they can also be mercifully easy to install and are nowhere near as expensive as they used to be. And when it comes to timelessness, free-standing baths were of course the first types of bath ever used and still look great thousands of years later!

4 – Double Sinks.

Where space allows and you don’t actually need all that much… double sinks are another firm favourite this year. And while on the subject of vanities, we also haven’t come close to seeing the back of the illuminated dressing room-style bathroom mirror yet either.

5 – Metallic Fittings.

Metallic fittings have been the ‘in’ thing for years, but this year are heading in a slightly more interesting direction. Next year, expect to see a variety of bronze, brushed nickel, chrome and matte metallic finishes on taps, door handles and so on.

6 – Hand Showers.

And finally for this list, hand showers may split critics right down the middle in terms of convenience, but for reasons of both timeless elegance and pure simplicity, hand showers are coming back in a big way this year.

To underestimate the power and the importance of the colour you choose for your bathroom is to make a very big mistake indeed.

It’s hardly a secret that certain colours create certain moods, but at the same time it’s crucial not to just go ahead and pick something just because it seems like the conventional or obvious thing to do. And at the same time, it’s also sensible not to go 100% against convention just for the sake of it.

Are there really any ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ bathroom colour choices in the strictest sense?

In a sense, it comes down to personal preference for the most part, but for those that don’t already have their hearts set on a specific theme of style, knowing where to start can be tricky.

Clean or Cosy.

It’s easy to narrow down your options pretty quickly by asking yourself whether you’d prefer to have a bathroom that’s clean and refreshing or cosy and relaxing. In the case of the former, you’re immediately heading more toward brighter and fresher colours like white, blue, green or yellow. By contrast, if you’d like a relaxing, cosy and romantic bathroom you may be better-suited to rich reds, purples, chocolate browns and so on. The moment you decide what you want from your bathroom, you’ll be in a better position to make it happen.

Fabulous Framing.

Something interesting to bear in mind is that the less empty wall space there is available, the more daring you can be with the colours you choose. Why? Well, quite simply because if there’s little to no open wall space to speak of, the colours you choose will serve more as frames to the fixtures and fittings than anything else. A huge wall of deep emerald green may be a little on the loud side, but when used to frame a door or vanity it can look quite spectacular.

Consider Contrasts.

It’s important to avoid colour clashes, but at the same time it’s just as crucial to ensure a good divide between the floor and the walls. Black floors and white walls go together a treat for example as do cream coloured floors with brown walls. And the same also goes for the general furniture and fixtures in your bathroom – try not to have every last thing in there the exact same colour.

Classic Combinations.

If entirely unsure of which colours may or may not work together, there are certain classic bathroom combos that never fail to set the room alight. For example, green and white with a few hints of black can look incredibly chic and retro. Brown, white and pink can bring together the classic with the modern quite impressively. Turquoise and yellow colour schemes look bold, clean and modern. Black and silver is also a time-old combination that never fails to look sophisticated. If unsure, don’t be afraid to ask for a few additional colour combo tips.

Final Touches.

And finally, never forget that it’s perfectly possible to create a gorgeous bathroom colour scheme by keeping everything in the room extremely stripped back and simple, only to then bring the whole thing to life with brighter, bolder towels, floor coverings and other final touches.

Of all the rooms in the average home, it’s usually the bathroom that gets overlooked in terms of remodelling.

Of course, it’s also the room you spend the least time each day in, but at the same time there’s nothing worse than a bathroom that doesn’t make you feel proud, comfortable and generally at-home.

The simple fact is of course that people just don’t have endless budgets to throw around and so corners inherently must be cut. But in the case of the bathroom, there are in fact a fair few ways and means by which costs can be brought to absolute minimums and more cash freed up to spend on tiles, accessories, a new bath – pretty much anything of real importance.

Here’s a quick look at a few ways of giving overly expensive bathroom overhauls the flush:


 1 – Do It Yourself.

First up, be sure to ask yourself whether you really… as in really… need to call in the pros to help out. If, for example, you’re planning to remove a wall and rip out the bath permanently, then the answer is probably yes… help is called for. However, if it’s just a case of a bit of tiling, putting up some shelves or changing a few fittings, there’s a pretty good chance it’d be much cheaper to buy a few tools and get your own hands dirty!

2 – A Splash of Colour.

As with all rooms of the home, nothing can bring a bathroom to life faster, cheaper and more effectively than a quick splash of colour. Be it a single wall, the whole place as whole or even a few minor accents, colour choices affect the bathroom’s feel, tone, mood and even how large or small it feels. Best of all, it’s cheap and easy!

3 – Tiles Are Tops.

If you currently have a bathroom that doesn’t feature any tiles at all, you have yourself the answer right there on a plate. Tiles can transform a bathroom quite spectacularly and again can be fitted with a little DIY. Whether it’s creating a colourful mosaic on a single wall or covering every wall in a single colour of choice, tiles are perhaps the most timeless asset of all when it comes to gorgeous bathrooms. And unless you really want to indulge, they’re pretty cheap too!

4 – The Little Things.

It’s amazing how much difference a few new accents can make in the bathroom. Don’t fancy shelling out on a new bath? Try replacing the taps with a brushed chrome mixer to breathe incredible new life into the whole room. Vanity not quite ready for the dustbin? Upgrade the sink’s fittings and splash out on a new mirror to make it look like you remodelled the bathroom in full. From door handles to vent covers and really everything else besides, the little things add up to a big difference.

5 – Shop Wisely.

Last up, find yourself a bathroom supplies specialist you can trust and stick with them for everything you buy. Not only does this make your life easier and more convenient, but you also stand a much greater chance of making a good saving if you buy everything in one place as part of a package deal.

It’s natural to assume that choosing the right colour scheme or tiles for any given bathroom is the only real minefield you’ll come across – until you realise there are thousands of different taps to choose from.

Knowing where to start can be nightmarish as it’s perfectly possible for the right taps to bring a wonderful new dynamic to the whole room – the contrary being the case for entirely the wrong taps.

So from an expert’s perspective, what exactly should be factored in when scouring through the seemingly endless range of taps on offer?


Shape and Style.

Well, the first thing to think about is the kind of shape and style that would best suit the bathroom as a whole. If the bathroom is from top to bottom a tale of graceful curves and classical accents, chances are, an ultra-modern square sink mixer wouldn’t be the most appropriate choice. It’s easy to immediately limit the available options by considering the existing design language of the rest of the bathroom, be it curvy, angular, traditional, modern or really anything else.


The most obvious choices in terms of tap finishes are of course standard brass and chrome. However, it’s quite amazing how big of a difference can be made by opting for something a little less mainstream like brushed nickel, champagne bronze or something of a matte black finish. Consider what would accent your bathroom’s colour scheme most effectively and how possible it would be to use the same finish for door handles, towel rails and so on.


Taps on the market these days vary from the most incredibly efficient water-saving devices ever made right through to those classic Victorian designs that pump out gallons of water by the second. As such, it’s important to factor this into the decision making process as if eco concerns are indeed a cause for concern, several tap varieties can be ruled out right away.

Twin Taps or Mixer.

While separate taps for hot and cold water do have a certain timeless charm about them, they also make it impossible to control the temperature of running water. This can make things like hand and face washing rather difficult or inefficient – a trade-off that needs to be considered carefully before making a final decision.


Just as the right taps can really bring a bathroom to life, old, faded, peeling and generally worn out taps can dilute the impact of everything else in the room. Taps that cost next to nothing may do the same job as those on the market for much higher prices, but at the same time will quickly show their age and not in a positive sense. The right taps can be a long-term investment for decades – it’s always worth keeping quality in mind.

Ease of Cleaning.

And finally, never forget that the more complex the design of the taps or unusual the material, the more difficult it may be to keep them clean on a daily basis. Consider where and how dirt may build up and make a suitable choice in accordance with how much time you’re willing to spend scrubbing them clean!

One of the questions we’re asked more than most concerns the age-old struggle against bathroomuntidiness.

Considering that the bathroom is the room of the home we spend the least time in, it’s quite astonishing how quickly and deeply it tends to get dirty. But then again, it’s also the room we use to make ourselves clean – often at the expense of everything else in the room.

So here’s the question itself – how can bathrooms be decorated and engineered to minimise cleaning and keep things in order as long as possible?

Realistically speaking there’s only one way to avoid bathroom cleaning entirely and that’s to hire someone to take care of it for you. That being said, it is perfectly possible to fine-tune your bathroom in such a way as to hugely reduce the frequency of cleaning jobs and the effort you’ll need to make – the following tips should point you in the right direction:

Quality Tiles.

First and foremost, it’s fair to say that the higher the quality of the tiles you use in your bathroom, the easier the bathroom will be to clean. There’s really no easier surface to clean with a single wipe the modern tiling, which in turn means that the more of your bathroom you cover in tiles, the more of the room you can clean with a quick wipe. And while it’s only fair to say that some colours are bound to show up dirt and grime faster than others, this really doesn’t matter when it’s so fast and easy to clean up.

Minimise Gaps.

Still on the subject of tiling, it’s worth bearing in mind the way in which what tends to get dirty faster than anything else is not the tiles, but the grout/adhesive between them. Now, there are of course plenty of tiles that need a little room for manoeuvre as they contract and expand, but at the same time this doesn’t mean you need huge, gaping gaps of grout between them. Keep the grout shiny-clean and the whole room will look better as a result.

Minimise Clutter.

Aside from the obvious sink, bath and shower hardware, the only things that can get dirty in a bathroom are the things you yourself put in there. You might be proud of your collection of 645 shampoos and facial cleansers, but the more bottles and jars you have out, the more dust and grime they’re going to collect.

Spare the Surfaces.

And in a similar vein, the more shelves, table and surfaces you have around the bathroom, the more of the stuff you’re trying to avoid will settle on them. Think drawers and cupboards for storage – anything that keeps your goodies out of harm’s way.

Nooks and Crannies.

Last but not least, when going about a bathroom redecorating project don’t fall into the trap of making things too weird and wonderful. The more complex your room is, the more stuff crammed in there and the more intricate the shape of everything is, the more nooks and crannies you’ll create. And as these little gaps and hidden spots are far more difficult to clean than simple open surface, you might find yourself cursing your earlier decisions.

Of all the rooms in the home, bathrooms tend to be the most disconcerting when it comes to DIY décor jobs.

Why? Well, quite simply because this isn’t the kind of room where a quick coat of any-old paint and minor move-around will do – pretty much anything you decide to do in your bathroom manually turns out to be a much bigger job than you expected.

Now, there’s nothing to say that bathroom tiling DIY is a bad idea or that you cannot do the job yourself.

But at the same time, should you have a crack at things yourself, or call in the pros to take care of it for you?

In the example of tiling, there are so many reasons why the pro option makes more sense than doing things manually – unless of course you’re talking no more than the addition or replacement of three or for pint-sized tiles. So for those approaching an altogether bigger job, here’s a quick look at a few reasons why paying to go pro is more than worthwhile:


First of all, what would take the average DIY-type a few days or even a week to complete might be done in a matter of hours with the pros on-board. It’s not as if it’s entirely convenient to have the bathroom out of order for days on end, so if you’re the type that can’t put a price on time, it’s more than worth calling the pros and getting the job done fast. And in this instance, a job done fast can also be a job done well.


It’s also worth giving thought to the upheaval and manpower that goes into a larger tiling job – things get very dirty and very tiring very quickly. Of course there’s nothing to say this is beyond the abilities and tolerance of DIY-types, but at the same time it’s so much more satisfying to sit back and watch the whole thing happen at the hands of someone better-suited to the job.


Looking for a result you can be genuinely proud of? You might be happy with your handiwork, but if you’d prefer a result you can call 100%, flawless, and one that will prove to be a valuable asset to the home for years to come, there’s really nothing like the pro touch. Bear in mind that a great tiling job carried out with genuine professionalism can add serious value to any propert,  just a thought!


And finally, while it’s never going to be free to have the pros come in and sort out your tiling job for you, neither are the tools and supplies you’ll need in order to do it yourself. Even if you’re willing to compromise the overall finish by using bargain-basement tools that are really not fit for purpose, you’re still looking at a pretty big outlay. By contrast, the pros have already got the best industry-standard tools in the business and could therefore produce far better results while saving you a pretty penny at the same time.

One of the most commonly asked questions thrown the way of those in the industry is whether it’s really possible for a bathroom to have a positive impact on a property’s value.

An important question indeed but also one that has a comprehensively simply answer…

…Yes, very much so!

There are two primary reasons why the bathroom/s of any given property can impact its value.

First up, when a bathroom looks in any way dowdy or lacklustre, it dilutes the appeal of the rest of the building and can therefore see huge sums knocked off its prospective value. Secondly, when a would-be buyer sees a bathroom they’re not exactly impressed with, chances are they’ll be adding up how much it would cost to refit the whole thing and therefore once again shedding value from the property as a whole.

So it’s a pretty simple concept to grasp on the whole, but how can anyone make sure that their own bathroom is doing all it can for the value of the property? After all, different tastes and personal desires are bound to play a role in the whole thing, so how can you tune a bathroom to be universally appealing no matter who may be interested in buying the property further down the line?

1 – Go Timeless.

Well, first and foremost, it’s a good idea to steer somewhat clear of any flash-in-the-pan fads and trends that aren’t going to be ‘in’ for very long at all. These are usually easy to spot – they’re weird, quirky and undeniably fun at the time, but chances are a little common sense will tell you that in a few years, they won’t look quite so appealing.

By contrast, go for an altogether more timeless design and you really can’t go wrong. From free-standing baths to natural stone tiles and simple design accents here and there, these have looked stunning for generations and will continue as such indefinitely.

2 – Make the Most of the Space.

Making the most of the space at your disposal does NOT mean cramming every last inch with detritus to bursting point. Cramped and cluttered bathrooms are awful…there’s really no two ways about it. As such, it’s a good idea to think of installing clever storage solutions and units that double-up as functional storage units as well as decorative touches.

3 – Care with Colours.

Neon pink may well be your favourite colour, but there’s a pretty good reason why it’s not seen in a great many bathrooms across the UK. It might seem like a good idea to go completely OTT when it comes to colour choices, but it’s of the utmost importance to consider carefully what kind of effect this may have further down the line for future buyers.

4 – Fittings and Accents.

Last up, don’t overlook the potential power of the ‘little touches’ and accents here and there either. You might not feel like ripping out the sink, but try adding a new set of brushed chrome taps to it and you’ll be surprised by the extent of the transformation. From door handles to towel rails and even that tiny little toothbrush holder, it’s the little things that can add up to a big difference.